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Yolo ARES Meeting Minutes for 2/21/2017

Meeting called to order at 7:05 p.m. by Doug Hollowell.

The minutes for the January 17 meeting were emailed to all Yolo ARES members on February 21, and copies were also distributed at the meeting. A motion was made by Dennis Kelleher KI6HHA, and seconded by John Prenton W6FAQ, to approve the minutes as distributed. The vote was unanimous to approve the minutes.

Attendees: Ken Wilson K6WLS, Dennis Kelleher KI6HHA, Doug Hollowell KJ6VHE, Frank Smith KK6YCS, Rob Brunk N6KIX, Rick Littlefield N6KLB, John Prenton W6FAQ, Gary Matteson WA6TQJ, Lew Harris WB6LEW, Roger Hess KK6OPW.

Guest attendees: None.

Sign in sheets, along with sign-up sheets for net control/practice message and Served Agency equipment checks, were passed around to all. Members were encouraged to volunteer for the weekly net, especially with the practice message. Through the month of April, we’ll need two volunteers on the fourth Monday so that all equipment checks will be completed as scheduled.

Current Projects
Everbridge – We still have three members who have not created a profile on www.Yolo-Alert.org. Because of this, they cannot be added to the Yolo ARES grouping in Everbridge and receive emergency notifications. Doug will follow up with the following members and encourage them to set up their profile: Bill K6KN, Jerry KG6TEN and Dan KF6HHH.

Activity & Presentation Suggestions – Members were asked for suggestions for activities and for meeting presentation topics. One suggestion received was to have a presentation by Ed Fong, discussing antenna topics. However, we still need several more ideas from members.

New Business
Cache Creek Ridge Ride – Rick Littlefield updated the group on the CCRR, which will be held on Saturday, May 6, and Sunday, May 7. He said that there will be a need for 12-14 operators a day. Operators should plan on being in-place at 5:30 a.m., and the day’s activities should end by 4:30 p.m. He mentioned that the land where the ride is held is currently very wet, and it may remain wet for some time. Therefore, volunteers should plan on bringing extra clothes and shoes. Rubber boots might be considered for some areas. Rick expects the online site to be available soon, so volunteers can sign up electronically. Rick mentioned that he will do his best to accommodate specific site requests by volunteers, but he cannot guarantee specific assignments.

Pictures & Identification Badges – Doug took a picture of Rodger Hess KK6OPW so his ID badge can be created. Also, for members with ID badges that are, or have, expired, Ken Wilson K6WLS confirmed that stickers will be created so that ID badges will continue to be valid. Gary Matteson WA6TQJ mentioned that every ARES member should be wearing their ID badge when they arrive at a location to conduct ARES business.

Presentation – The presentation for the meeting was offered by John Prenton on the topic of Active Shooter Training. Much of the handout information was taken from the active shooter training tabletop exercise, sponsored by Yolo County HHS, as part of the statewide medical and health exercise held on October 12, 2016. Members who would like a copy of the training material may contact John at jbprenton@sbcglobal.net.

Open Discussion – there were no members with topics to discuss.

Next Meeting - The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 21, at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room at Raley’s, 367 W. Main St., in Woodland. The room has already been reserved.

Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

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